Thursday, May 22, 2014

TechTalk May 19

Andrew Thomas from joins me to talk technology!
And here are the show notes.


Jawbone UP 24

-bluetooth, improved fit
-son loved it
-no clock can’t wear at school!


Rixos hotel- if you go to the web to search them they default asking you to load the app!

Twitter joins copromote!
reat news, CoPromoters,
Twitter has joined CoPromote!
@TwitterSmallBiz is the social network's channel for "tips, best practices and case studies to help your small biz succeed on Twitter."
CoPromote is home to over 350,000 small businesses, entrepreneurs, and content creators sharing thousands of posts and reaching millions of people on Twitter every day.
To celebrate our partnership, @TwitterSmallBiz is offering a special deal in their first promotion on CoPromote: $50 worth of Twitter Ads – free! Watch for their promotions in your pending requests, and share this great offer with your followers.
We are very excited by this opportunity, and look forward to much success with the @TwitterSmallBiz team.
CoPromote (formerly
Community Support


Mute button launched on twitter

This is cool! NewMap
News Map organizes and displays news stories from around the world. News Map uses Google News to source the stories displayed in the grid so the content is frequently updated. The stories are displayed in a color coded grid reflective of how popular or important a story is at any given time. You can select the country or countries from which you would like to see the news. You may also select which type of news stories, (world news, national news, sports, etc) you want to see displayed. By selecting multiple countries you can discover patterns in the news across the world.

DropBox being proactive!

Hi James,

We’ve provided details on our blog about a web vulnerability that affects shared links to documents containing hyperlinks. This issue isn’t exclusive to Dropbox, and we haven’t seen any exploitation of the vulnerability. However, as a precautionary measure, we’ve disabled shared links that were created before May 5 to file types (such as PDF or Word docs) that might contain a hyperlink.

If your files don’t contain sensitive info, or if you’re less concerned about the vulnerability, it’s now possible for you to re-enable all your disabled links. You can do so at

Please keep in mind that re-enabling these links won’t resolve the vulnerability for them. If you don’t want to re-enable all your links at once, you can create new links by following these instructions.

Over the coming days, our team will continue working to re-enable shared links that aren’t susceptible to the vulnerability.

We take security very seriously, so we appreciate your patience while we make sure your files are safe.

- The Dropbox Team

Samsung Shakeup

Samsung Electronics has replaced its head of mobile design just weeks after the launch of its latest flagship Galaxy S5 phone, which was praised in online reviews for its features but criticised for its design.
The South Korean company, however, called the move a routine reshuffle, and denied any link to the criticism. Chang Dong-hoon will retain a broader role overseeing design across the company, while Lee Min-hyouk – at 42, one of the youngest figures in Samsung’s senior ranks – has been promoted to head of the company’s mobile communications design team.

Talking smart money

Internet on the move

IPhone Rumours

Rumors of the 5.5-inch-class "iPhone 6" -- or whatever Apple would choose to call it -- are getting more intriguing by the week.
A widely cited report from Taiwan's United Daily News/Economic Daily on Friday said that out of the 80 million iPhone 6 units that the supply chain of component manufacturers expects Apple to sell this year, more than 90 percent of the shipments will be for the 4.7-inch model. (That part of the original Chinese-language story was not widely reported.)
That leaves a small percentage, possibly less than 10 percent, for the 5.5-inch phablet-size device.
If accurate, why such relatively small numbers?
One of the most often cited reasons is the high cost and/or lack of availability of sapphire as a display cover material. That coveted material has been used very sparingly -- as a cover for the fingerprint scanner, for example -- in the iPhone 5S.
One of the sources for this speculation was an April research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who said that, because of supply constraints, only high-end iPhones, like the priciest versions of the 5.5-incher, may include a sapphire screen.
KGI also expects the 5.5-inch phone to see shipments come in below 10 million units in 2014.

Memory expansions for iPhones/iPads

Gmail redesign

Wordpress in #s

You write about stuff you care about.

Since we’re on the topic of books . . . you published 29,554 posts about books, 16,315 on fiction, 1,077 on nonfiction, and 53,194 on writing.
Looking closer at some hot topics of the month:
august 2013 popular topics
6,311 posts were about Egypt.
13,667 were about Syria.
18,127 were about religion.
27,712 were about summer.
8,449 mentioned US President Barack Obama.
4,986 mentioned singer Miley Cyrus.
1,213 were about fantasy football.

You’re part of an engaged publishing community.

In August, you created 1,083,238 new blogs, for an average of 34,943 blogs a day. Tuesday, August 27, was the most popular day to start a new blog.
You wrote 38,002,002 posts, which racked up a lot of pageviews:
August 2013 pageviews
You invited 293,741 users, both existing and new WordPressers, to join your sites. (Thinking about collaborative blogging? Here’s a quick guide to setting up a group blog.)
You added 76,907,314 categories, for an average of 2,480,881 categories per day. (You’re quite an organized bunch, aren’t you?)
You subscribed to 3,388,973 blogs, left 62,318,624 comments on each other’s blogs, and liked 7,228,491 posts. (There’s lots of love in the air, clearly.)

What we are learning by following shoppers via mobile devices.

 Most mobile shoppers are spending more time in stores but not as many are going back.
The percentage of shoppers who go into a store and leave relatively quickly is also on the rise, according to a new mobile tracking study.

Based on measuring tens of millions of shopping trips by tracking the movement of smartphones at malls and stores, Euclid found that shoppers in April spent on average 25 minutes in a store.

This is measured by the time a shopper goes into a store until they leave. For the same period last year, shoppers spent 23 minutes.
The somewhat good news for retailers is that some (13%) of shoppers came back to the store more than once during April. The somewhat bad news is that the number is 2% lower than a year ago.

The new must have education!

Reading and tech not so good!

Tablets and eReading devices have ushered in significant changes in the world of traditional literacy, and now a new research brief from Common Sense Media paints an updated picture of just how much reading rates have dropped sharply among adolescents – and differ between girls and boys.
Among the key findings in Children, Teens, and Reading, which combines different government, academic, and nonprofit data sets, is that the proportion of children who are daily readers drops markedly from childhood to the tween and teenage years.
One study documents a drop from 48% of six- to eight-year-olds down to 24% of 15- to 17-year-olds who are daily readers; another shows a drop from 53% of nine-year-olds to 19% of 17-year-olds.
According to US government studies, since 1984, the percentage of 13-year-olds who are weekly readers went down from 70% to 53%, and the percentage of 17-year-olds who are weekly readers went from 64% to 40%. Moreover, the percentage of 17-year-olds who never or hardly ever read tripled during this period, from 9% to 27%.

Excess phones

Cool toys, I want one of these!

Kick starter of the week

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